MHI Vestas' 8-MW wind turbine to power 258-MW Burbo Bank II
Vestas' 8-MW wind turbine. Courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Dec 22, 2014 - MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will supply turbines for the 258-MW extension of Dong Energy A/S’ Burbo Bank project in the Liverpool Bay under a firm and unconditional order.
The company, which is a joint venture between Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems (CPH:VWS) and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO:7011), will deliver, install and commission 32 units of the V164-8.0 MW turbines, Vestas said on Friday. The deal, awarded by Danish state-owned utility Dong Energy, also includes a five-year full-scope service contract for the machines.
In a separate press release, MHI Vestas said it will make blades for the project at its factory on the Isle of Wight. Serial production of the blades is slated to begin as early as the second quarter of 2015. The company expects to start installing the turbines in 2016 and put them on stream in 2017.
The contract is MHI Vestas' first commercial order for the 8-MW turbines and will not be recorded in Vestas’ order backlog.
The 258-MW wind project will expand the existing 90-MW Burbo Bank wind farm. Once completed, it is expected to generate enough power for nearly 180,000 homes.
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